NDDC Ready to fix Abia — Akwa Ibom link Roads.




Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) has promised to  inaugurate the 9km Obehie/Oke-Ikpe Road in Ukwa West Local Government of Abia State.

Speaking during an inspection of the road linking Abia and Akwa Ibom states, the NDDC Executive Director (Projects), Sir Victor Antai, said the commission was making efforts to complete its projects across the Niger Delta.

Antai, accompanied by other NDDC directors and engineers, said communities in the area would benefit from the project.

He said NDDC would embark on landmark projects that would make Niger Delta a destination of choice.

Antai, in a statement signed by the commission’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, said the road would increase economic and social activities between Ukwa West people and their neighbours.

He said: “We are impressed with the level of work done by the contractor and I will like to commend him for a good job. The asphalt overlay is of good quality and the drainage is solid. From what I have seen, in no time, I will urge the managing director to come in and inaugurate this road.”

Antai praised the community for appreciating the efforts of the commission, noting that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration would execute projects that would enhance living conditions in the Niger Delta.

He advised workers at NDDC Abia State office to put in their best towards the development of the Niger Delta.

He said: “I am happy with the administrative style of the Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku. He is working in tandem with the Governing Board to change the narrative of the NDDC and the Niger Delta.

“I want to encourage every worker of this commission to be up and doing. It is important to monitor our projects to be sure the contractors meet our set standards.”

Representative of Abia State on the NDDC board, Chief Dimgba Eruba, said the road had been in deplorable condition for many years, leading to loss of man-hours, with the resultant negative effects on the socio-economic activities in the area.

He said: “The road provides a safe and preferable shortcut for our brothers and sisters in Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states to Rivers and Bayelsa states.”